Brown, Steve. Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016. 224 pp. $19.99. Purchase for less at Amazon or on Kindle.
Divided into 14 chapters over 200 pages of text, Hidden Agenda offers a frank look at how we all have hidden agendas that prevent us from genuine relationships. Often times we hide our true motives with masks, what the Bible calls a hypocrite, to the point that we no longer can identify the real us.
Each chapter concludes with discussion questions designed to get “behind the mask.”
In this day of Internet personalities and the ability to make yourself into someone you are not, this book comes as a breath of fresh air. Steve does not pull any punches in helping the reader to remove the layers of masks we have created. He offers gospel hope to the reader by pointing to God’s grace and mercy that is freely offered to all sinners.
Designed to be read alone or in a small group study, Brown will help the reader engage with the Scripture in order to be made more like Christ. Furthermore, in a group study, students will learn what it means to be in genuine fellowship where the “stained-glass masquerade” falls by the wayside and the real person is unveiled.
Hidden Agendas makes for a great group study as well as a resource to be read by anyone looking to better understand what genuine fellowship looks like with genuine people who can’t help but be real with one another because they know that God has begun, and will complete, a marvelous work in their lives.